Video: Jack Moir's Trailside Wheel Repair from the Finale Ligure EWS

Sep 20, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
Warning: Contains spoilers from Sunday's race

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Video courtesy of Privateer Bikes and Matt Stuttard

Winning an EWS race is usually all about putting down the fastest times possible across a full day of racing but for Jack Moir at the EWS in Finale Ligure this weekend, there were a few more challenges thrown in the mix too.

After a flying run on the Stage 3 Queen Stage, he pushed a bit too hard into the final turn and a rock ripped the tyre off his rim leaving him with a dented wheel that wasn't holding sealant. Moir had won the stage but before he could begin the transfer up to the penultimate stage, he had to get his wheel fixed with limited tools and time. With his shoulder still wrapped up from last week's injury and using a rock from the side of the trail and some brute force, he got the wheel back in line.

Rather than nurse the wheel through to not lose too much time, Moir in fact went on to win the final stage to claim the day's victory by 15 seconds. Here's how the whole story unfolded in Jack's own words:

What caused the puncture?

Jack Moir: I was losing pressure in the rear then rode the rock section too hard at the bottom and dinted my rim real bad. I hit a rocky corner hard and the tire rolled from the low pressure and the rim hit straight on a sharp rock

Why did you have to use a rock on the rim?

JM: It was folded out pretty bad and the tire wouldn’t stay on so it needed to be bent back in to keep the tire on.

Did you use anything else to fix the rim?

JM: Oh yeah, Matt Stuttard suggested putting a gel wrapper around the crack to make sure the tube didn't pop on a sharp edge, so I did that. Good call!

Could anyone else help with the repair?

JM: Nah, we aren’t allowed outside assistance but there were a few of the boys there keeping me calm haha.

How long did it take to get the wheel fixed?

JM: Hmmm not sure maybe like 10-15 minutes for everything? Rode pretty hard to catch up for the next one and started cramping real bad on the climb haha.

How long did you have to ride with the rim after the stage? How did it hold up?

JM: Rode the other half of the day, 2 stages. I put 31 psi in it to try keep it on and make sure I didn't get a puncture. Came into the next stage super hesitant and nursed it a bit through the rock sections but after that, it was all G. Surprisingly held up good.

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  • 392 14
 What a terrible wheel choice. Carbon won't dent on rocks. Should have asked Thibaut Daprela for advice.
  • 147 1
 Just imagine if Daprela had a rock at hand,he could have put his rim back together with a few sharp hits.
  • 8 186
flag Skarhead89 (Sep 20, 2021 at 6:16) (Below Threshold)
 These are alloy rims Wink
  • 38 0
 @Skarhead89: big, if true
  • 17 1
 Lool. You guys crack me up.
  • 119 0
 @nozes: Where was he gonna find a rock at Snowshoe?
  • 27 2
 @4thflowkage: yeah is SNOWshoe, Not rockshoe
  • 8 2
 @4thflowkage: My friend works there and texted me (we also were nerding out over his new bike details, but I digress...) that everyone was running carbon rims as alloys wouldn't survive the rocks at least not a pro level speeds as he was informed. Cool
  • 5 61
flag likeittacky (Sep 20, 2021 at 11:13) (Below Threshold)
 And carbon wont be repairable either on the trail in a pinch; Nimwit

What's your reasoning for breaking chains and slashed tires , etc.,etc.....?? Surely an Einstein like you will suggest to a professional team the solutions they should be implementing, right.?
  • 6 0
 @hellbelly: Eliot mentioned that during his commentary as well.
  • 19 0
 @hellbelly: FYI the junior and elite male winners were both on DT Swiss alloy rims.
  • 24 0
 Once bitten, twice shy.

A fox is not caught twice in the same snare.

A beaten dog may cower before a friendly hand.

A burnt child dreads the fire.

@likeittacky: Hold My Beer.
  • 4 0
 what actually happened to Thibaut's rim? Seemed like he got a bit off line and it just exploded
  • 1 0
 Just saw on GMBN race feature that another Commencal rider had an exploded wheel as well, it was Antoine Vidal i think.
  • 2 0
 @mattg95 He said he had a slow leak, then the tire ripped off the rim and the exposed bare carbon rim exploded on a sharp rock.
  • 8 0
 @Breeconay: exact same thing happened to Jack here, except the rim exploding part.
  • 2 2
 If only their ratchets were as tough as the rims
  • 7 0
 @4thflowkage: Perhaps use the rock @Skarhead89 has been living under?
  • 243 1
 Anyone know what parktool number that is? I can't find it on their website.
  • 222 1
  • 83 1
 @abueno: PT-RCK420, it's a bit bigger than the 69...
  • 66 0
 @m47h13u: Nah mate, that’s for superboost hubs
  • 58 0
 STO-73: Sizable Truing Object
  • 21 0
  • 20 0
 It broke in half, you should try to find a higher quality tool for regular use.
  • 17 0
 @k-n-i-x-o-n: Good point, might I suggest the Pedros YEAAAmmer
  • 5 0
 Actually it's the PT-RCK.69. Using the sandpaper grit scale clearly it's a .69 grit rock
  • 12 0
 @vtracer: Could have been the PT-RCK-.7 but a SRAM engineer did the measuring
  • 5 0
 @Connerv6: in Maxxis units it would be a PT-RCK-2.6
  • 93 1
 Haha! I love every thing about this story! That's so great! Usually when equipment has issues a rider would downplay it to not make the sponsor look bad. But in this case I'd say it's a great ad for DT! Not many stage wins on a rim that was rock hammered back to shape! Way to go Jack to keep calm and still win!
  • 69 0
 Great endorsement for alloy and DT. Hope he gets a bonus check - he’s earned it.
  • 147 0
 I like the fact that the rock also breaks while hammering on the rim.. Big Grin

Poor thing (the rock.. )
  • 73 0
 @Vlad-Putin: Considering how DH turned out last week, some companies might be a bit enveeous about how this wheel handles the rocks!
  • 8 0
 There was a similar story about Yoann Barelli? reviving his dead wheelset between stages by copious use of hammers, zip-ties and miscellaneous other items.
  • 2 0
 @Ttimer: I think that was Pedro Burns... there was a story about it maybe two seasons ago.
  • 10 0
 If I remember well , Dt extensively used Gwin's tire misshap in Leogang in advertisement.
He sure didn't win that day but I saw plenty of photos of his rim at the end, turning the narrative from "our rims can't hod a tire" to "our rims at effin strong, who needs a tire.."
  • 9 0
 More proof that ALU is superior to carbon for enduro racing. He was only a small adjustable wrench away from saving another 10 min on that repair. Carbon rims are a DNF waiting to happen.
  • 14 0
 @polarproton: It's the only advertising they have for the rim "No words needed - just google "Ex 471 Leogang World Cup".
  • 4 2
 @thustlewhumber: fair point, but also that was one run, I’d love to see if it was usable after the fact. Yes, if you have parts replaced each run or at the professional race level, solid investment. But seeing as most of the teams that were at SnowShoe were using carbon wheels, it shows that carbon can take the hits and keep going. 1 offs are going to happen regardless, and a run like Gwins is def a rare situation. As a consumer of parts that need to last a full season, and I don’t race professionally, I’ll go with a quality carbon hoop anytime. To each their own, different subs for different bubs.
  • 2 0
 @eric-w: buy cheap, buy twice
  • 7 0
 @Maxcommencemal: Buy cheap. Afford spares.
  • 1 0
 @Maxcommencemal: buy it nice or buy it twice.
  • 59 2
 Moi Moi. What a legend. Sam pilgrim will have to update his toolkit.
  • 16 0
 What? Sam Pilgrim's main tool is a rock.
  • 54 0
 When the rock broke I lost it haha I’m definitely getting a DT Swiss rim when mine die
  • 9 0
 DT Swiss marketing dept. needs to jump on this.
  • 48 0
 Unlike the ENVE rims, DT Swiss breaks up stones just for that overall winning feeling.
  • 48 1
 Anyone else find it weird how Rob and Eliot explicitly commented in saturdays livestream how alloy wheels would not make it through the rock garden at Snowshoe?
  • 9 1
 Yeah! I was like UHH???
  • 34 0
 yeah i heard that too. a bit odd reallly. i think i get what they mean - carbon wheel is tougher than alloy if you only want a perfect wheel at the bottom of your run. but they neglect to mention the alloy wheel might be pig ugly and not exactly round when its finished but at least its still going to actually be working . but its commentary....... cant be easy to continously talk and not at least come out with some shit
  • 4 1
 Oddly enough, I've ridden alloy wheels on that track (and all of the other rocky stuff at Snowshoe) without inserts without issues. Although, I am riding MUCH slower than WC speeds.
  • 26 0
 Odd that the men's and women's winners were both on allow rims then
  • 4 0
 Yeah, totally had to rewind and listen to that convo again. My wife even picked up on it and asked if they (Rob and Elliot) were sponsored by a carbon rim company.
  • 12 0
 They're right you know. Alloy wheels would be stuffed going through that rock garden... ...Alloy wheels with tyres on them though, no problem!
  • 47 0
 30 psi in his minions. Doesn't care about your opinions
  • 29 0
 That's like a Sam Pilgrim bike build video
  • 29 8
 Shout out to the 30 PSI crew. #tubelessisamyth
  • 9 1
 Wait, is 30 high or low? Seems to be about right for a tubeless rear at race pace…
  • 4 16
flag sammyhedlund (Sep 20, 2021 at 11:51) (Below Threshold)
 @audeo03: Far too high. Most of these guys probably run around 23psi, or 21 with an insert. Counterintuitively, the better you are at riding, the less you bottom into stuff, and the lighter you can run pressures.
  • 15 0
 @audeo03: depends on how heavy you are doesn’t it?
  • 9 0
 @audeo03: Depends on a million factors. When I run 30 PSI it's because I want my wheels to make it to the end of the ride.
  • 1 0
 35 psi rear tire just to be safe. 30 is for the front
  • 20 0
 Dt Swiss best rims!
  • 17 0
 Moir hammering his rim with a rock - but the rock breaks. You can't make that shit up.
  • 17 0
 Now that's what I call ... *puts on sunglasses* ... rock and roll.
  • 15 0
 In DT Swiss factory, wheel rides you.
  • 13 0
 Enduro AF
  • 1 0
  • 11 1
 Don't show that video to Daprela nor to Pierron.
  • 9 0
 I feel bad for that poor rock
  • 8 0
 I just bought a new rim after denting mine. Silly me, I coulda just bought a rock.
  • 8 0
 Thats some Croc Dundee skills right there
  • 5 1
 That's not a rock...this here's a rock. Doesn't seem to work too well when the rock he's using breaks in half.
  • 6 0
 Rock dundee?
  • 3 0
 C-rock dundee
  • 7 0
 Second best advice for DT Alloy rims (first was Gwin remember?)
  • 4 0
 I love stuff like this, a-teaming parts back together and still winning! Let us never forget ru cunninghams wheel tho! The best bodge in enduro to date!
  • 6 0
 Reminds me of Colin McRae in Rally Argentina in 1998 - bent a strut, so bent it back into shape using a rock.......
  • 6 0
 Jack so deserves this win ! OMG ! I love you Jack
  • 7 0
 DT just got my order
  • 11 6
 Pretty obvious why the camera man was heading down the track...just happened to run into Moir fixing his wheel.
  • 4 0
 Last race bangs his body back into shape to avoid a DNF. This race bangs his bike back into shape to avoid a DNF. WTF is going to top that. GO JACK
  • 5 0
 DT no longer making the EX1501?
  • 7 0
 EX1700 replacing the EX1501, both of them using EX511 rims, the only difference is the hubs, the older version had 240 while the new one comes with 350. And there is new EXC1501 that is carbon with 240 hubs.
  • 6 0
 Still loving my immortal DTS 471 and 511s
  • 3 0
 Anybody want to take a guess at what rims Sam Hill did all that insane shit on back in the day?
  • 3 2
 When are all of you silly people going to realize that carbon is a terrible material for mountain bikes and fails catastrophically very often. ‍♂️
Hey I have a great idea, let’s listen to the bike marketing departments. They would never mislead you or convince you to buy something.
  • 1 0
 Anyone remember Sun double wides? You needed a hydraulic press to get them straight. Oh and we used tubes so flat spots didn't matter. Well I still use tubes. Because I'm lazy and easy to fix.
  • 2 1
 jacked up metal wheel - trail rock. jacked up carbon wheel - duct tape, heat gun, Elmer's glue, sun cure resin. ....I like hitting things with rocks.
  • 3 0
 Oldowan or Acheulean? Not sure
  • 19 0
 Pretty sure Oldowan was destroyed by the Death Star...
  • 2 0
 No longer MacGyvering my way out of a jam, gonna Moi Moi my way out of it from now
  • 3 1
 I see that he and sam pilgrim get their bike tools from the same place.
  • 2 1
 Just don't chew on it afterwards Big Jack
  • 3 1
 Cheers guys, what exactly is a gel wrapper? Thanks for the answer.
  • 21 1
 A wrapper for gel.
  • 3 0
 Definitely Acheulean
  • 2 0
 That is epic! Just me who read dinged his rim in Australian accent?
  • 2 0
 isnt the 1501 a carbon rim or is that a new alloy 1501?
  • 2 0
 Now THAT is the spirit of enduro!
  • 2 0
 That must be the new multi-tool I keep hearing about. Looks rad.
  • 2 0
 May have actually clapped along with the crowd when he got the tire on.
  • 2 0
 Some rocks break rims
Some rims break rocks

pun(ch) intended
  • 6 6
 And yet no reporting on what specialized did to Mike's bikes.. unbelievable on pinkbikes part ..a real mtb news story ..
  • 2 0
  • 2 0
 Do tell
  • 7 1
 @Mac1987: Mike's Bikes (a chain of bike shops in California) was bought by a company that happens to also be the parent company to Santa Cruz and Cervelo -- so Specialized cut ties with Mike's Bikes. Seems abrupt on Specialized's part, but perhaps moreso miscalculated on Mike's Bike's part. Specialized now gets to divert limited inventory to dealers that don't have a glaring conflict of interest.
  • 14 0
 My "Huh?" wasn't about the story, which I already knew about. It was more like, wtf does this have to do with Jack Moir's wheel?

And, it's also not nearly as much of a story as you want it to be. Like, a brand and a retail chain parted ways? That's a normal thing that happens.
  • 6 0
 @peterman1234: yeah, all of the finger pointing at Specialized seemed a bit reactionary when the facts came to light. Despite Mike's Bikes painting the new owners as some wholesome family business in Holland, they actually own almost a dozen bike brands and a network of luxury car dealerships in the US among many other businesses. If Trek had bought Mike's, no one would have batted an eye at Specialized noping right out of there. This is on Mike's being disingenuous with their marketing and then letting customers order bikes in a world where supply is entirely unpredictable.
  • 5 1
 OMG you bay area people, no one cares about Mike's Bikes, please move on. Mike's Bikes ain't been Mikes for decades, , so find yourself a real bike shop .. ie Specialized is not all that.
  • 3 0
 @Giddyhitch: PON also had a huge bribery scandal in the Netherlands a while back. They are a family business, but that doesn't mean it's a completely ethical family...
  • 2 0
 @nurseben: also their mechanics are incompetent. My friend got a fork serviced and it came back with the rebound knob on the wrong side
  • 1 0
 @mtb-thetown: servicing a Manitou fork and used to Fox colors (or vice versa)?
  • 3 0
 For a second there I thought you were talking about MikeBike - Levy’s and Kaz’s future consulting firm.
  • 1 0
 @nurseben: what are the good shops in the Bay Area now anyway?
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: rhythm bikes in oakland, solid af. mikes has messed up basic repairs for me a handful of times.
  • 1 0
 @sudochuckwalla: I bought my first Patrol at Rhythm, owner is cool and guys seem solid although haven't had any work done. I would go there or Stay True Cycles in Berkeley, which is run by two old friends of mine.
  • 2 0
 @Mac1987: it was a Pike, I didn't even realize it was possible until I saw it.
  • 2 0
 @mtb-thetown: that's funny, I ride a patrol and got it there too. good to know about stay true, i hadn't heard of them.
  • 1 0
 Need a anvil to put in the backpack
  • 2 0
 Jack Rambo
  • 2 0
 The Great Fighter !
  • 1 0
 what a sam pilgrim move.
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